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Nov 5, 2012 2:00am PST
covered for you this morning. >> i'm john berman. the candidates cramming to day. mitt romney, president obama and their running mates making 18 stops in eight critical states. we're live in every key battleground state. >> and in the end, this is the only math that counts. i'm christine romans. looking to the race to the states. we'll take a look at the road that each candidate can take to get to that magic number. >> it's been one week since hurricane sandy forever changed the east coast and so many lives along it with. the recovery effort and how the storm is impacting polling stations. that's coming up. >> we've got a packed show for you this morning, four hours. among our guests, rob portman will be joining us, maryland congressman chris van hollen, pat tomby, arizona senator john mccain is with us. former treasury secretary larry summers is our guest. obama campaign deputy manager stephanie cutter, former white house press secretary bill burden all joining us this morning. and we're counting down the final hours of a marathon battle for the white house, just too close to
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Nov 6, 2012 4:00am PST
. john berman has more on that for us this morning. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. you know, in new hampshire polls have been open for just over an hour. but voters in dixville notch got a head start. at midnight they cast the first in the nation ballots. really the first to be counted. there were just ten of them. president obama got five votes, mitt romney also got five votes. a tie and that has never happened before. now, not to be outdone, another new hampshire town also voted at midnight, harts location new hampshire, they reinstated 9 practice in 1996. they started it back in the 1940s. the result there this year, president obama with 23 votes, mitt romney with 9 votes. our david mattingly is live in bedford, new hampshire, this morning, where they are already voting as we said. good morning, david. >> good morning, john. here in bedford, state officials describe this polling location as one of the busiest in the country. this is a high school gymnasium. it is full of polling booths right now. and look at the crowd that's already here. some of these people got in line well
CNN
Nov 6, 2012 5:00am EST
covered from wire to wire today. >> i'm john berman. the first election results, they are in from the tiny towns of dixville notch. and in one of these towns, it's a result we've never seen before. >> the campaign trail extended. i'm christine romans. governor romney will keep pressing with two stops in the battlegrounds while president obama shoots hoops, an election day tradition. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. the immense damage from hurricane sandy forcing an election day scramble. people voting by e-mail and different polling stations and in some cases literally moving the earth to have their voices heard. >> joining us throughout the morning, congressman randy forbes of virginia, delaware governor jack markell, jim clyburn, obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod, bob mcdonald, ted strickland and bob shrum, a democratic consult and the who worked on the kerry and gore campaigns. special election coverage here on cnn begins right now. >>> it is up to the american people right now. good morning and welcome to our special edition of "early start." we have complete 4ri6 coverage o
CNN
Nov 23, 2012 3:00am PST
morning, welcome to "early start" everyone, i'm john berman. >> good morning, everybody, i'm alina cho. happy black friday to you. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east. >>> we are going to start this hour with breaking news in the gaza/israel conflict. new reports of new violence this morning. it happened in gaza near the israeli border. according to hamas security sources about 700 people were participating in the anti-israel protests that approached the border. israeli forces allegedly fired at the protests killing at least one palestinian man and wounding three others. we are going to keep our eye on this for you this morning. we'll bring you the latest as it develops. now, to the other news today, it is black friday in america. somehow, this shopping frenzy became a holiday tradition. and this year, hard-core bargain hunters face a new challenge with more stores moving their door buster hours up to thanksgiving night, creating, yes, gray thursday. people camped out in the line for hours hoping to score some sweet deals. we have two live reports from some very brave reporters, cnn's george h
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
battleground states. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with the latest on the aftermath of the superstorm hurricane ire hurricane sandy. most buses are up and running again and they are free of charge. but most of lower manhattan still has no power and temperatures are dipping into the 30s and 40s. >> and there are no heartbreaking picture as long the jersey shore barrier islands. houses picked up, some just buried in the sand and governor chris christie who toured the destruction with president obama said some parts of the shore may never look the same again. >> the death toll reached 124 people with 56 in the united states. at least 28 in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned out across lower manhattan and all up and down the jersey shore. >> first, the economic capital of our country is slowly getting back to normal this morning even while facing extreme damage.
CNN
Nov 15, 2012 2:00am PST
spill that could cost the oil giants a billion dollars. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. nice to have you with us. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> we begin this morning with breaking news. a new crisis in the middle east, israeli and palestinian militants exchanging deadly fire near the israel/gaza border. they say it's in retaliation for ongoing rocket attacks into southern israel. >> triggered by an air strike that killed the top hamas military commander. sayre -- sara sidner is following the story. >> reporter: you can see gaza behind me. there has been air strike after air strike after air strike. we ourselves witnessed three air strikes, major hit. we could see fire and then three plumes of smoke. since then we've been also seeing and hearing rockets coming over into southern israel. we now know there are three people who have died in israel in an apartment building very near, within a 7 kilometer radius of gaza in israel. we also know that at least seven people have been killed here in gaza and the air strikes are
CNN
Nov 26, 2012 2:00am PST
. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. 5:00 a.m. in the east. so let's get started. they are back. our lame duck congress returning to capitol hill today. the senate in session this afternoon. the house back tomorrow. and with 35 days left, as john just reminded us, before we plunge down the fiscal cliff, two prominent republican senators, lindsey graham and saxby chambliss are signaling they are willing to give a break the no tax pledge. that is a hopeful sign, folks, because a new cnn/orc poll shows more than two thirds of americans believe a trip over that cliff would create major problems, perhaps even a crisis. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is live from washington, d.c. this morning. nice to see you, paul. so the fiscal cliff triggers back-breaking tax hikes and massive spending cuts. you've got more numbers that show what type of budget plan americans actually prefer. >> exactly. one of the big arguments, zoraida, is should it be all spending cuts to get us there or tax increases, as well? brand-new numbers just out from cnn/orc. only
CNN
Nov 5, 2012 4:00am PST
plantation, florida. we want to begin with complete comprehensive coverage with john berman checking in to see how our correspondents are faring. >> thanks, soledad. the candidates are all over the place today. president obama and mitt romney hold atriallies in seven states today. a final frenetic day of campaigning across the battleground. for the president, he begins in wisconsin, a state that has voted true blue since 1984 but it is almost always close. and with paul ryan a native wisconsin son on the republican ticket, the obama team is taking no chances. they've called in the cavalry to help, including the boss, bruce springsteen to seal the deal. dan lothian is live in madison, wisconsin. good morning, dan. >> good morning, and you're right, bruce springsteen will be warming up the crowd here with a 30-minute concert before the president comes out. the campaign has been using these big names not only to draw in big audiences, but also to energize them. i can tell you, after speaking with a campaign official last night, they are very confident about their position in these closi
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 2:00am PST
start." we are happy you are with us. i'm zo a da sambolin. zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. general david petraeus resigned last week after admitting to the extramarital affair. the other woman paula broadwell wrote his biography. >> jill kelley has been a close friend of petraeus and his wife holly. kelley talked to an fbi friend launching an investigation between general petraeus and paula broadwell. now we are told kelley traded inappropriate e-mails from marine general john allen. he denies the extramarital affair with kelley and insists he did nothing wrong. >> but the pentagon is investigating thousands of documents and e-mails between allen and kelley. it turns out both generals stepped in to help kelley's twin sister natalie in a custody fight. >> this is the a picture of petraeus with jill and natalie. they are twins, you can see that there, and here's what petraeus wrote to the court, quote, we have on many occasions observed natalie and her son, including when we hosted them and the kelley family for christmas dinner this past year. in each case we have seen a very loving
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 5:00am EST
millions of hybrids. hey, everyone. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, the tangled web that has insnared two of the country's top military women and two women who are not their wives. this morning we are learning much more about jill kelley, the tampa socialite at the heart of the investigations involving general david petraeus and john allen. first there were threatening e-mails sent from petraeus' writer paula broodwell. >> then he resigned as cia director. now john allen, top adviser in afghanistan, is being investigated for flirtatious e-mails he exchanged with kelley over a two-year period. >> kelley is pleading for privacy now even though she finds herself in the middle of a real-life soap and a here. we are hearing her voice now for the first time in a 911 call to tampa police, that was last weekend, she called to complain about the people outside her house citing diplomatic protection, which she doesn't have. listen to this. >> you know i don't know if by any chance, um, because i'm on in t
CNN
Nov 8, 2012 7:00am EST
john berman with a lack at some of the other stories making news today. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. cnn is projecting that ann kirkpatrick will return to congress. she barely beat republican challenger, jonathan payton. yet several house races are still up for grabs across the country this morning. in palm springs, california, republican mary bono mack, she's not giving up. she trailed democrat raul luis with all precincts reporting, but she says a large number of ballots have yet to be reported. mack's husband, connie mack, lost his bid in florida to bill nelson. in another tight race, alan west is not conceding defeat. he's demanding a partial recount in his re-election bid against democratic challenger patrick murphy. right now murphy has a very slim lead of less than 2,100 votes, but that's slightly more than what's needed to trigger an automatic recount. >>> the man behind that anti-muslim movie that caused so much rage overseas has been sentenced to a year in federal prison. mark youssif admit head used an alias without permission. he allegedly made a different name
CNN
Nov 30, 2012 2:00am PST
. >> happy friday. john berman is hosting "starting point" at 7:00. the middle east is getting ugly. insult and finger pointing in the fiscal cliff debate. tax rates spike and spending slashed. congress is breaking for the holidays in two weeks. it could send the economy spinning in directions. $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. he will travel to pennsylvania to sell it to you. republicans aren't buying it. listen to house speaker, john boehner. >> despite the claims the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> democrats are firing right back at boehner. harry reid getting a little personal. >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. okay? >> ouch. athena jones live from washington. same old same old. where do we go from here? >> that's the big question. the nice talk after the election is pretty much gone away. you mentioned one of the big sticking points, that's taxes. republicans and democrats can't agree on how to raise the tax revenue? end the bush tax cuts for the wealthy, close the loopholes, raise the capital ga
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 4:00am EST
of days. would the math add up for the president to 270? john berman has a closer look at that for us. hey, john. >>> thank you, soledad. a lot of people said the president couldn't do this again as in 2008 he captured lightning in a bottle, but there are signs within the exit polls coming in tonight that indicate the so-called obama coalition held firm. i'm going to talk to cnn's christine romans at the magic wall for more on that. >> okay, let's look at it. how did he do in 2012, the exit polls. the youth vote, 33 to 44-year-olds, solidly in the president's corner. then mitt romney got strength, 51% of 51 to 64-year-olds. for the people 65 and older, 56% to 44%. look at the youth vote, 60% of people ages 18 to 29 went for mitt romney. this was a good turnout for the president. >> the youth vote grew in terms of the overall vote from 2008, which is a big deal. >> this is what 2008 looked like for the president. the president took all three of the categories. john mccain did well in 65 and older. let's move to the other part of the coalition that the president has built. 72% of voters
CNN
Nov 17, 2012 3:00pm PST
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CNN
Nov 7, 2012 6:00am EST
those red states and blue states and those critical swing states, of course. john berman has more than at. >> 303 electoral votes that's what president obama has in his pocket this morning. more than a lot of people had predicted. let's talk about three of the states that helped him get there. let's start with ohio. this is the swing state everyone thought could decide the election. the president on top there right now by over 100,000 votes. it was the auto bailout, our exit polls show, also big margins in cuyahoga county, traditional democratic area around cleveland that helped him carry ohio. next up, virginia. very interesting tale to tell in virginia. for much of the night, president obama seemed to be trailing in virginia. but he racked up huge margins in fairfax county. that's the area directly outside washington, d.c. that area now much more diverse than it used to be. this could indicate that virginia will be a swing state for some time to come. finally, florida. now you'll notice florida is yellow on some of our maps. that's because we haven't yet called florida. too close to
CNN
Nov 9, 2012 2:00am PST
morning, everyone. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. nice to have you with us this morning. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, 63 days and counting until we head to the fiscal cliff. if these two men cannot find a way to compromise the impact on the economy could be catastrophic. president obama delivers a big economic speech in about eight hours, and he wants tax cuts for the wealthy to extire. house speaker john boehner drawing this line in the sand. >> raising tax rates is unacceptable. and, frankly, it couldn't even pass the house. i'm not sure it can pass the senate. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is live from washington, d.c. for us this morning. brianna, speaker boehner seemed to be offering the president on olive branch earlier this week when he talked about the possibility of increasing revenue. but here he's taking a hard stance against tax increases. what does that say about the chances of a compromise? >> well, it may actually sound kind of like it's splitting hairs. but it's ally two different things where he's talking a
CNN
Nov 27, 2012 2:00am PST
feyerick in for john berman. >> really nice to have you. >> i'm so glad to be here. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. first, congress back to work, and back to bickering. in just under 35 days, america hits the fiscal cliff. that triggers severe spending cuts and tax hikes. several top republicans are now defying party politics and signaling a willingness to consider increasing tax revenues to get a budget deal done. but when the lame duck senate got back in session yesterday it sure sounded like the same old broken record. >> the senate has spoken. president obama has spoken. he's promising he will not sign any bill that mortgages our future to pay for handouts to the wealthiest 2% of americans. i only hope house republicans have been listening. >> we've been responsible, even as we've remained firm on this point. no tax increases now for promised spending cuts that won't materialize later. >> cnn political director mark preston is live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, mark. so the house is back in session today, and so far there are no talks
CNN
Nov 7, 2012 2:00am PST
the bank. >> let's go right over to john berman. >> we'll talk about the presidential race on a state we are watching leading up to the election late night last night. it did go for the president last night, but it did end up blue. i'm joined by carol costello in columbus, ohio. it looks a little cold this morning, carol. >> reporter: it is pretty cold, but i'm telling you people here in ohio are happy, john, because ohio's long election night is finally over. now when they watch television they can see cheesy car commercials and they are very, very happy about that. what issue was it that won ohio for obama? it was the auto industry bailout. people here, especially in the northern and upper half of the state, supported the auto industry because many of them work in the auto industry. they think the bailout helped save their jobs. and talking about attack ads, can you issue one attack ad too many? i think so. and i think the election in ohio proved that. the romney campaign released that ad and judd avalon knows about that saying they are going to move jobs. a lot of voters didn
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 4:00am PST
, thanks, as always, appreciate it. john berman's got a look at some of the other stories making news for us. >> there aren't many mysteries in washington. that's a good one. >> usually you get some leaks on that, huh? >> three hours. give it time. superstorm sandy's latest vick tell is the head of the long island power authority. lipa's michael hervey announcing his resignation effective at the end of the year. his utility has been under fire for a slow response to sandy. he's defended lipa's action calling the task herculean. >>> many new jersey homeowners are already paying the price for hurricane sandy and they're about to pay a little more even still. governor chris christie says residents of towns that require extensive rebuilding efforts can expect to see their property taxes go up. >> there's no magic money tree. but i think that most people in these towns will recognize that if they believe that the money is being spent reasonably and responsibly to rebuild their towns they'll be happy to do it. no one's ever happy with higher taxes. but the fact is, what people don't wa
CNN
Nov 14, 2012 7:00am EST
will be there then as well. >>> john berman has other stories making news today. >>> congress wants answers about petraeus and allen investigations. cia and fbi will brief lawmakers on capitol hill today as we're hearing now for the first time from jill kelley, the tampa woman at the center of both investigations. it's a 911 call this past weekend. she called to complain about crowds outside of her house. but listen exactly to how kelley describes herself. >> you know, i don't know if by any chance, um -- because i'm an honorary consul general so i have inviolability. so, um, they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic, uh, protection involved as well but now because it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. >> jill daugherty is live at the state department with more information. >> in a word, john, it doesn't mean much. seriously. there's a case, as you can see, evolving here of exaggeration as to what her role was. jill kelley was a volunteer in tampa, voluntee
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
getting to my show, but today i will not. we'll start with john berman. he has a look at some of the stories making news. >> meanwhile, flights have resumed at laguardia after a lot of disruption from sandy. look at these pictures. it's impressive they got it open today. new york city's other two major airports reopened yesterday morning. this doesn't mean everything is back to normal. all three airports are running at reduced schedules. >>> cnn ireporter george dupont shot these stunning images in connecticut. both were just piled on top of each other at a boatyard on bluff avenue, and right near homes, practically on top of homes nearby. he's lived in the area for 30 years and says he's never seen anything like this. george actually traveled a couple towns over to send these pictures to us because he has no power. >>> the presidential election in the battle for the 4-year-old vote. both candidates are actually losing right now. this little girl just can't wait for the election to be over. >> just because i'm tired -- i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're c
CNN
Nov 20, 2012 4:00am PST
at the updates from the middle east. let's get right to john berman with some other stories. good morning. >> we're following more breaking news out of the conflict zone. an attack at the u.s. embassy in tel aviv. details still coming in but here's what we know. an israeli police spokesman says a security guard at the embassy was stabbed with an ax or pitchfork. the attacker reportedly also had a knife on him at the time. a witness told reuters the attacker ran towards the guards and ignored their calls to get on the ground. guards jumped the man and then took him down. now another big story the latest on the investigation into bengha benghazi. the spokesman for the director of national intelligence says the intelligence community not the white house, state department or justice department made changes to talking points given to government officials. the obama administration, especially ambassador to the united nations susan rice, has taken a lot of heat over those talking points. rice used them as the basis for saying five days afterwards that the attacks were a spontaneous react
CNN
Nov 16, 2012 5:00am EST
. happy friday. glad to see you. i'm john berman. >> nice to see you. i'm zonaida sambolin. >>> the i realsraelis pounding targets while palestinian militants continue to launch rockets into israel. israel calls up reservists in preparation for war. >> ben joins us by phone this morning. egypt's prime minister paid a visit to gaza. somehow that going so far? >> well, it was originally planned it would be a three-hour cease fire while the egyptian prime minister was making this visit to gaza. according to our sources, it doesn't appear either side significantly reduced their level of military activity in gaza. certainly before the sun came up there was an intense air attack on gaza itself. it may have been lessened somewhat in the morning while the prime minister was touring gaza. but after he's gone, it's expected to get back to the same pace. >> there are elections coming up not too long from now in israel. palestinians are saying that may be part of the impetus for israel to be taking action. >> certainly this is what you hear oftentimes. tc it was the casame case in the 2008, 2009
CNN
Nov 26, 2012 4:00am PST
, everybody. john berman starts us off with a look at the top stories. >> good morning. remember that anti-islam filmmaker behind the crude and controversial short film "innocence of muslims." he's now talking from jail through his attorney to "the new york times." and nakoula basilly nakoula says he has no regrets about making the film or how he treated the cast. he said the cast signed contracts that howed changes to the script. in addition to deadly protests the film also led to nakoula's arrest for violating supervised release on a fraud conviction. >>> no report on what caused a fire aboard an 80 foot yacht in the water near miami beach. the vessel was completely engulfed in flames. three people on board jumped into the water and were arrested by the coast guard. there were no reports of injures. lucky there. >>> a popular prescription medication now under recall. 41 batches of atorvastatin calcium are being pulled from pharmacies because they may contain small particles of glass. this is the generic version of lipitor. the manufacturer ranbaxy says the recall affects bottles containi
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Nov 15, 2012 4:00am PST
maryland congressman, chris van hollen. that's straight ahead. first, john berman has a look at other news this morning. >>> we now know the identity of the fbi agent who helped start the investigation that eventually led david petraeus to resign. he's veteran investigator, frederic humphreys ii. and others say that paula broadwell, her security clearance is now suspended. also, petraeus will testify about the libya consulate attack after all, before a closed hearing of the house intelligence committee. that will happen tomorrow. >>> bp has reportedly agreed to pay an unprecedented fine and admit to criminal misconduct in connection with the 2010 deepwater horizon spill. reuters reports that bp and the justice department have cut a plea agreement that could be announced as soon as today. bp will only confirm that it's in advanced discussions is and they haven't reached a final agreement. >>> cy young award going to the knuckleballer and the fireballer. the new york mets' ace r.a. dickey won the national league sigh you cy young. in the american league, it was the young flame thrower,
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Nov 19, 2012 2:00am PST
to go this thanksgiving week. i'm christine romans in for john berman. >> good morning, i'm alina cho. zoraida sambolin has the day off. up first the deadliest day of violence yet in gaza. an israeli missile killing 11 civilians, four of them children. the conflict between hamas and israel threatening to escalate out of control. representatives of the two sides are in egypt for cease-fire talks. but they are not talking directly to each other. hamas making a public demand for a truce. fredrick plight begin live from israel. good morning, israel doesn't seem to be giving in on its side either saying that gaza needs to stop the attacks first as a negotiating starting point. what's the latest? >> certainly the attacks don't seem to be stopping. i'm quite close to the gaza stripe and just in the past couple of hours we've had two rocket alarms go off in the city. that is a signal for us to then take cover. if you're not in the vicinity of any buildings to hit the deck. also in other israeli towns throughout the area, there have been some rockets picked off by missile interceptor syste
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Nov 26, 2012 8:00am PST
" continues right now with john berman. >> hey, everyone, i'm john berman in for ashleigh banfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 on the west. >>> so if you were a key decision maker in a company that faced a $5 billion hit in a little over a month, you probably wouldn't take ten days off for thanksgiving. but that's how congress rolls. and now with just 36 days remaining to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, senators are coming back to work. the house returns tomorrow. the white house is working both sides of the beltway to maintain bush-era tax rates for the poor and middle class, while letting those lower rates expire for higher earners. this morning, the white house put out numbers claiming if we fall off the cliff, consumers will be spending less money next year. how much less, exactly? $200 billion in fiscal 2013 alone. that would be a huge, huge hit on retailers. now, tax hikes are the biggest part, but not the only part of the fiscal cliff. seeing it as a fiscal cliff, the new year will also bring more than $100 billion in spending cuts, if -- if congress and the president ca
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Nov 13, 2012 7:00am EST
, suzy suzywelch, roland martin and john berman as well. the scandal that has forced the cia director david petraeus to resign. it gets very complicated. so stay with me. the new general in this case is john allen, who took over for petraeus in afghanistan. he is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with a woman named jill kelley. general allen had exchanged thousands of pages of documents, inappropriate e-mails, inappropriate communications is what they're calling it, with miss kelley, described as a petraeus family friend. apparently at the very beginning of all this, miss kelley, on the right of your screen there, unwittingly exposed the petraeus affair with paula broadwell after she went to the fbi to complain about those anonymous, threatening e-mails. tu turned out to be from paula broadwell. "the wall street journal" rather is reporting that the fbi agent who launched the initial petraeus investigation when ms. kelley went to him to complain about those e-mails, he's now under investigation, too. why? apparently he sent a shirtless picture of himself, at
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Nov 13, 2012 4:00am PST
out of control. john berman sticks around with us, as well. let's talk about the new information in this scandal surrounding the cia chief david petraeus. we're learning that general john allen, the man who took over for petraeus as command of the u.s. naval forces in afghanistan is being investigated, as well, for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelley. who is jill kelley? she is the woman who kicked off the original petraeus probe when she complained about hostile e-mails that she was getting from the person who turned out to be petraeus mistress. congressman chaffetz, so much to start with. let's begin with john allen. how much concern is there for you, he said that he has done nothing wrong. how much concern do you have with the fact that this investigation is widening? >> well, look, these are some of our top commanders. you're not a four-star general unless you've -- you have some serious credit to actually get some stuff done. i want to make sure that the president is fully engaged. one of the things that's troubling it me is the idea that, for instance, going
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 2:00am PDT
start" i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east and we begin with the last real economic barometer before tuesday's election. the labor department releases the october jobs report about 2 1/2 hours from now. jobs and the economy, of course, are primary issues out on the campaign trail. with president obama and mitt romney running so close, this morning's jobs report takes on even more significance. christine romans is previewing the report for us. and paul steinhauser is looking at the political impact. let's start this morning with christine. >> good morning, you guys. the last big economic hurdle before the election on tuesday, and this is what economists surveyed by cnn money are expecting. the unemployment rate to tick up to 7.9%, and then the separate part of that survey that looks at how many jobs were created, up 125,000. 125,000 net new jobs. but it is the trend in the unemployment rate that's been getting so much attention. because this unemployment rate has now gone back to where it was when mr. obama took office as president. in january of 20
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Nov 28, 2012 2:00am PST
romans in for john berman. it was a good plan in theory, america's u.n. ambassador susan rice asking for a face-to-face meeting with her harshest republican critics who threaten to block her nomination as secretary of state over her public comments in the aftermath of the benghazi attacks. but her meeting appears to have made things worse. dana bash from washington now with more. >> reporter: the way these grim-faced gop senators tell it, susan rice's attempt to calm their criticism backfired. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> i am more disturbed now than i was before. >> the information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely, it was wrong. >> reporter: rice requested to meet with her chief republican critics, ordered to explain why five days after the september benghazi attack that killed four americans she went on sunday talk shows suggesting it was sparked by a spontaneous protest accompanied by acting cia director michael morell, rice explained she was using u
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Nov 9, 2012 4:00am PST
. john berman is going to look at some other stories making news. >>> former arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords and the gunman who tried to take her life face to face in court. jared loughner sentenced yesterday to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years for killing six people in last year's tucson rampage. casey wian is in tucson this morning. casey, dramatic testimony in both giffords and mark kelly are gun owners and they addressed u.s. gun law in the court. >> that's right john, there were a lot of messages sent yesterday by victims of this tragic shooting when they had the chance to confront jared loughner. a lot of issues about mental health, many victims saying that this tragedy could have been avoided if loughner had gotten the medication and the help he needed many years earlier. but as you mentioned, gun control also being on the minds of many of these victims. mark kelly, the husband of gabrielle giffords, made a very strong statement criticizing lawmakers, particularly lawmakers in the state of arizona, for being feckless on gun regulation. >> it's really
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Nov 23, 2012 4:00am PST
, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm alina cho. soledad has the week off. back in black. while you were sleeping, shoppers came out in force. retailers couldn't be happier. >> except at walmart, where a black friday strike threatens to hit the huge company right where it hurts. >>> plus deadly gunfire at the gau gaza border. will it upset the uneasy truce in the middle east? >> it is friday, november 23rd. black friday. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. it's 8:00 in the east. the day after thanksgiving. our "starting point" deck the malls with tons of shoppers. stores across the country have been open for hours now. in keeping with the black friday tradition. some of the biggest retails got a jump on that by opening on thanksgiving. >> it appears there are plenty of bargains to be had. george howell is checking that out for us at a best buy store outside atlanta, georgia. what are you seeing? >> reporter: john, good morning. look, you look around this store there are a lot of deals to be had. look at this. you save, what, $40? $40 here. $30 here. when y
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Nov 27, 2012 4:00am PST
john berman and christine romans in for soledad today. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. soledad is off today. our starting point, high level negotiations under way in washington to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. but are they any closer to an agreement? >>> u.n. ambassador susan rice faces three of her main republican critics today, trying to explain her comments about the attack in benghazi. will she get their support if she's nominated as secretary of state? >> then, she's queen of the racetrack. now she's taken on sonic. danica patrick is here, live, with a preview of her new racing video game. >> we have lots coming up in the next two hours. pennsylvania senator pat toomey, maryland congressman chris van hollen. utah senator mike lee. and actress lucy heal from "pretty little liars." >> "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. our starting point today, more republicans seeming to break their no tax pledge but still bickering with democrats over the so-called fiscal cliff. and just under 35 days now america falls off that cli
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